Senior Commissioning Officer (Refugees & Migration)

10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG
29 Aug 2019
14 Sep 2019
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Fixed Term Contract
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Fixed Term Contract until  31st October 2020

Birmingham is experiencing one of its most exciting periods of regeneration and development in recent times. We aim to be a city of growth where every child, citizen and place matters - and Birmingham City Council wants to make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives. This underpins everything we do, whether that’s setting our priorities, making decisions or delivering services.

Birmingham City Council has been awarded £1.25milion through the government’s Controlling Migration Fund to deliver two significant partnership projects which aim to prevent crisis and destitution, as well as promote cohesion and integration amongst refugee and migrant communities in Birmingham.    As the accountable body for the funding, the Council is seeking to appoint a Senior Commissioning Officer who can manage the two projects, as well as work with statutory and voluntary sector partners to deliver them.  The post-holder will be required to support the City of Sanctuary policy statement, homelessness prevention strategy and community safety partnership in order to develop a commissioning strategy and options to continue to invest in services and projects, which can prevent crisis and destitution whilst promoting cohesion and integration amongst refugee and migrant communities.

The post will be part of the Refugee & Migration Team which is responsible for implementing the Council’s City of Sanctuary policy statement aims and commitments, which these projects make a significant contribution to.  The post-holder will also be expected to work with colleagues in the team to share learning, join up resources and inform future commissioning and funding strategies concerning:   

  • Asylum dispersal
  • MiFriendly Cities Project
  • Resettlement 2020
  • Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

Specific responsibilities include:   

  • Managing the partnership agreements and governance, as well as contracts and grants associated with the two projects;
  • Liaison with MHCLG to comply with funding requirements, regional and national learning from the Controlling Migration Fund;
  • Working with a range of stakeholders to understand the current evidence base and impact of refugees and migration on statutory and other front-line services.  This includes supporting the commissioning and delivery of a strategic assessment concerning asylum seekers, refugees and migrant communities in Birmingham;
  • Working with stakeholders and communities to promote and direct the project’s resources and offers to the people and places where they can have the best impact in the city;
  • Working with partners to develop commissioning and funding strategies to promote future investment in services and support which can prevent crisis and destitution, as well as promote cohesion and integration amongst vulnerable refugee and migrant communities.

The post would suit candidates with experience and knowledge of refugees, migration, projects and partnerships, funding and/or commissioning.



For further enquiries please contact Austin Rodriguez email:-

Ref: BCC001108

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.”

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